Thursday, 16 January 2014
Lovesong: Johnny Coppin: Homeward
I'm talking of Johnny Coppin, folk singer and broadcaster.
I first heard from Johnny when he responded to a mailout that I did upon the release of my debut solo album 'Hopeland'. Johnny had a show with BBC Radio Gloucester, really liked the album and wanted to play some tracks. He has since been a great supporter of my solo stuff and the quieter moments (there are many) of Miracle Mile. Then a couple of years ago Johnny informed me that he was enjoying singing one of my songs 'Homeward' in his lives shows; wanted to share with me that the response was always fantastic.
And now... Johnny has recorded that song for his new album 'Borderland'. I believe that the album is out in March but I got my promo this morning (thanks Johnny!) and it is a lovely thing: gentle folk with Celtic colourings, sung in a true, pure tenor. And sure enough, track 2 is 'Homeward'. Johnny's version is beautifully rendered, I particularly like the fact that he approached it on piano, making it his own. It's always interesting to hear other folk cover my songs; the nuances that are kept and the fresh investments made. Love it; the cello and backing vocals are particularly moving on first listen.
I'll try and link videos when they appear but for now, look out for details of the release here.